Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself.” #🌵 A cactus in bloom is pure poetry. In the #desert around Anza Borrego, California, the thick, spine-studded paddles of a beavertail cactus look as surly as always. But in a #superbloom spring, they're topped by fuchsia flowers the size of teacups, which beckon you closer. The fish hook #cactus lives up to its name, its surface covered with long, curved barbs and a snarl of fibrous hairs; but now it wears a festive garland of creamy white petals smartly trimmed in rouge. There are cacti the size of grapes and cacti the height of 5-story townhouses; cacti that thrive in the Andes; cacti that survive as epiphytes in the canopies of the rain forest; and cacti that live almost entirely underground. Researchers are still unearthing surprising details about how the plants adapt to adversity, and how they subtly manipulate the niches they inhabit and the creatures they encounter. Visit the link in our profile to read more, and to see more #cactus🌵 photos by @caityfares.